Restorative Dentistry AT ALL GRAND DENTAL LOCATIONS
Bring Your Smile Back to Life
A toy breaks and you get out the glue. An appliance breaks and you call the repairman. But when your smile is broken, it can seem a little more complicated. You certainly can’t glue your teeth back into shape and no one is coming to your house to take care of things. Plus, we understand that going to get a tooth repair like a root canal or a dental bridge can seem kind of scary. We really do understand. That’s why we have created dental offices that are convenient, comfortable, and offer soothing services like dental sedation. And because we think your smile should last your whole life long, we make sure your restorations are balanced and strong. Your smile never had it so good.
Why You Need Restorative Dentistry
Life can be hard on your teeth. Everything from daily stress to the foods and beverages you choose can take a toll on tooth structure and integrity. In fact, even our patients who take excellent care of their teeth sometimes find that they need a repair.
And when minor damage happens or a tiny pain begins, don’t wait and try to ignore it until it becomes more extensive. Once teeth break, repair becomes much more complex – and expensive! When caught and repaired early, more natural tooth structure is preserved, and future root canal therapy, extraction, surgery, and false teeth are all avoided.
How We Can Help
No matter what shape your teeth are in, don’t worry, we can help beautify your smile. Our patients are thrilled to discover that at Grand Dental Group, we restore your teeth so that they look and feel like whole, natural teeth.
We never fill cavities with metal that can look unnatural and unattractive and even damage your teeth over time. Metal fillings can expand and contract with temperature changes – like when you have some ice water with your hot soup. This can cause cracking and allow bacteria to enter your tooth and cause decay under the filling. Our crowns and porcelain inlays and onlays are not only strong, they are artfully created for a life-like appearance and long lasting attractiveness.
If you are missing a tooth or teeth, we will not only replace the tooth, but also improve the health and comfort of your smile. When a tooth is lost, it changes your bite, causing excess stress to be placed on the remaining healthy teeth. This stress causes those teeth to wear unevenly and can even cause jaw-related pain. What’s more, missing teeth can also change your face, resulting in a loss of confidence and embarrassment.
Whatever your restorative needs are, we can help bring your smile back to life. Just check out the options!
No one likes to discover that they have a cavity – not kids, and especially not adults. And no one likes to have unsightly metal fillings in their teeth, that’s for sure. At Grand Dental Group, we use tooth-colored composite fillings instead – on both adults and children. New composite material is stronger, better-looking, and healthier than ever before.
When your tooth needs a strong and reliable repair but you don’t need an entire dental crown, porcelain inlays and onlays may be the perfect solution. Inlays cover and support your tooth almost like a filling, but instead of composite filling material the repair is made with porcelain. Onlays cover more tooth surface and usually cover the cusps of your teeth as well. Both of these restorations can fill a major cavity, repair broken teeth, or strengthen chipped and weak dentition. And it looks and feels so natural, you may forget which tooth was damaged in the first place.
Crowns can create the look and feel of a brand new tooth. Even broken or infected teeth can be saved with a crown, and since ours are crafted from Zirconia – one of the strongest and most beautiful dental materials available – you can eat, speak, and smile with total confidence. These dental crowns attractively renew teeth, cover and protect root canals, and anchor a dental bridge. Your repaired teeth will never stand out in your smile. We may also suggest porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns for additional resistance to wear and tear caused by clenching, grinding, or other complications.
Missing a tooth or two? A dental bridge may be the solution you have been looking for. These tooth replacements literally bridge the gap between your remaining teeth by bonding a combination of dental crowns and false teeth in place. The crowns attach to your teeth, holding the “bridge” of false teeth between them. Our bridges are crafted of Zirconia for incredible strength and beauty.
What is a dental bridge?
Dental Bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. The bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of materials.
- Bridges can restore your smile
- Restore your ability to properly chew and speak
- prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
- Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
- Maintain the shape of your face
What Types Of Dental Bridges Are Available?
Typically there are three main types of dental bridges:
- Traditional Bridges – these involve creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth that has a pontic in between. Traditional bridges are the most common type and are either made out or porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.
- Cantilever Bridges – these are only used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth. These types of bridges are not very common anymore and is not recommended in the back of the month due to the force on other teeth.
- Maryland Bonded Bridges – these are made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal or plastic teeth and gums.
What is the process for getting a bridge?
During your first visit to one of our six locations, your abutment teeth are prepared. Typical preparation involves recontouring these teeth by removing a portion of enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Next, impressions of the teeth are made in a dental lab. Then one of our doctors will make a temporary bridge to wear protecting the exposed teeth and gums while your bridge is being made. Your next visit your temporary bridge will be removed and new porcelain or metal bridge will be checked and adjusted as needed.
How do I care for a bridge?
It is important to keep remaining teeth healthy and strong as the success of the bridge depends on the solid foundation offered by the surrounding teeth. Brushing twice a day and flossing and using mouthwash to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Not all dentures are created equal. Some dentures just don’t feel, look, or function comfortably. In fact, the change to dentures can be so dramatic, a person can sound entirely different even to their loved ones, start suffering from nutritional difficulties, and stop being social because of embarrassment. Our dentures and partial dentures are a bit different. They look more natural, fit more comfortably, and need to be relined less frequently. Of course we recommend dental implants for superior comfort and function, but if you are not ready for implants or if you do not qualify for health reasons, our partial and full dentures could be the perfect choice to replace your missing teeth.
Refer to our Implant Dentistry page for information on Dental Implants.
Endodontics. That’s the medical term for a root canal. Some people think of root canals as some kind of mysterious and painful procedure – in truth, root canals are just the opposite. The name “root canal” comes from the part of the tooth the procedure is taking care of. When there is an infection in the root canals of your teeth, it can be excruciatingly painful. Clearing away the infection, stops the pain and, even better, saves your tooth.